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January 11, 1994

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ Pete Sampras, Gabriela Sabatini and other top tennis players will join in a charity fund-raiser to help victims of devastating bushfires near Sydney.

Sampras, Sabatini, former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario and Conchita Martinez will play in the special event Wednesday night at White City.

All are competing in the New South Wales Open.

Tournament director Rod Read said the players had approached him to organize a benefit for the victims of the fires, which continued to burn Tuesday. The program will feature a series of 13-point tiebreak shoot-outs and mixed doubles matches.

At least 185 homes have been destroyed and 113 severely damaged, and 30 other buildings have been lost. Four people, including two firefighters, have been killed, and thousands treated for smoke inhalation.

The White City gates will be open to spectators on Wednesday evening and players will mix among the crowd taking donations.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Barry Bonds won the Hickok Pro Athlete of the Year Award on Tuesday, and the San Francisco Giants slugger will receive the diamond- encrusted belt with a 3 1/2 -pound solid gold buckle that first went to the winner in 1950.

Bonds was one of the 12 monthly designees selected in 1993 by a panel of sports writers and broadcasters, who then voted for the overall winner.

Bonds will receive the award Saturday at the awards dinner of the Washington, D.C, Touchdown Club.

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CHICAGO (AP) - John Paxson hasn’t played for the Chicago Bulls since sinking a game-winning 3-pointer to beat the Phoenix Suns in Game 6 of the NBA Finals last June.

Now the question: How will he fit in?

After sitting out the first 31 games this season with a sore left knee, Paxson is ready to return.

″The only important thing is to be part of this whole thing again,″ said Paxson, entering his 11th NBA season.

Paxson said he’s expecting a diminished role, especially since the Bulls are 21-10 headed into Wednesday night’s meeting with Central Division leader Atlanta.

″Everyone wants to play, but I don’t think I’ve ever allowed my ego to get in the way of what this team is doing,″ said Paxson, a key figure in the Bulls’ run of three championships.

″My whole objective is to blend in, if it’s for a minute a half or no time at all, and to make it through the rest of the year healthy.″

Coach Phil Jackson said Paxson will have to feel his way back into the game.

″He has to have confidence he can go out and play and feel good about it, and that’s going to be a strange situation,″ said Jackson. ″He’s sat and watched 30-some games this year. Secondly, we have to have confidence in John’s ability to go out there. It’s kind of like we know what he can do, and yet we’re going to have to find a place where success is nice and expedient and happens out there.″

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ALMERIA, Spain (AP) - Miguel Indurain, a three-time winner of the Tour de France cycling classic, is keeping his money where his sponsor is.

A financial crisis faced by the Spanish bank Banco Espanol de Credito- Banesto didn’t stop Indurain from opening training Tuesday with the Banesto cycling team.

Indurain, the world’s highest paid cyclist, told a news conference that he had his savings in the troubled bank and was confident in its future.

″My confidence and my savings are in Banesto,″ Indurain said.

A representative of Banesto, Martin Rivas, was at the news conference and said the team’s financial guarantees would be met.

The Banesto sponsorship is reported to cost the bank about $8.3 million a year. The team also includes former Tour de France winner Pedro Delgado.

The Bank of Spain intervened in Spain’s fourth largest bank on Dec. 28, saying it had a shortfall of $3.5 billion. Banesto said it wasn’t that much.

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ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) - A week after being fired by the Atlanta Falcons, Jerry Glanville is turning to auto racing.

Glanville, who has a NASCAR Grand National car and an ARCA car, plans to race a Ford Thunderbird next month in an ARCA race at Daytona, Fla.

He said his friends in the racing community have ″treated me better than I deserve″ since he was fired.

H.A. ″Humpy″ Wheeler, president of the Charlotte Motor Speedway, and Ernie Elliott, who is building a motor for Glanville to use at Daytona, have called with best wishes, he said.

″Ernie called and said, ‘Let’s go fishing.’ I’m not much of a fisherman, but I appreciate the invitation,″ he said.

Glanville was fired Jan. 4 by the Falcons after four years as head coach. The Falcons were 6-10 in his final season and failed to make the playoffs.

Glanville said he wants another job in football, but is looking forward to racing at Daytona.

″I’ve never run on a 2 1/2 -mile track, but everybody says that the way I drive I’ll love it,″ he said. ″It’s a flat-foot place; you run wide open all the way around it.″

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